Index: Demographics / Subcategory: Demographics

Grandparents as Caregivers

Date updated: 12/17/2012

The 2000 Census was the first time the United States Census Bureau gathered data about 'Grandparents as Caregivers'. Because of the very low number of people under 30 years old who were grandparents, the percentages were taken from the population aged 30 years and over, not the entire population. Data were collected on whether a grandchild lived in the household, whether the grandparent had responsibility for the basic needs of the grandchild, and the duration of that responsibility:

  1. Existence of a grandchild in the household (co-resident): This was determined by a "Yes" answer to the question, "Does this person have any of his/her own grandchildren under the age of 18 living in this house or apartment?"
  2. Responsibility for basic needs: This census question determined if the grandparent was financially responsible (food, shelter, clothing, day care, etc.) for any or all grandchildren living in their household.
  3. Duration of responsibility: The answer refers to the grandchild for whom the grandparent had been responsible for the longest period of time. Duration categories ranged from less than 6 months to 5 years or more.

What this chart shows: Grandparents Financially Responsible for Co-Resident Grandchildren in the United States, Colorado & Larimer County, 2000 Census vs. 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

 

Data Source: United States Census (2000 Census - Table PCT008; 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates - Table B10050)

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What the above data tell us:

In 2000, 3.6% of the country's population aged 30 or older had grandchildren living in their household. Of those grandparents with co-resident grandchildren, 42.0% had financial responsibility for their grandchildren. According to the 5-year average (2007-2011) provided by the American Community Survey, slightly more (3.7%) had grandchildren living with them, and 40.3% of those grandparents were financially responsible for them.

In Colorado, 2.8% of the population over the age of 30 in 2000 had co-resident grandchildren and 42.6% were financially responsible for their grandchildren. According to the 5-year average (2007-2011) provided by the American Community Survey, slightly more grandparents (2.9%), had grandchildren living with them, and 42.2% of those grandparents were financially responsible for them.

In Larimer County, 1.9% of the population over the age of 30 in 2000 had co-resident grandchildren and 38.0% were financially responsible for their grandchildren. According to the 5-year average (2007-2011) provided by the American Community Survey, slightly more grandparents (2.1%) had grandchildren living with them, and 45.7% of those grandparents were financially responsible for them.

The trend is for more grandparents to be financially responsible for their grandchildren in Colorado and Larimer County than in the country.

What this chart shows: Grandparents Financially Responsible for Co-Resident Grandchildren in Larimer County Cities and Towns,

2000 Census vs. 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

 

Data Source: United States Census (2000 Census - Table PCT008; 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates - Table B10050)

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What the above data tell us:

Some caution should be used when interpreting the above data, particularly with respect to the 5-year estimates from the American Community Survey (ACS). Data collected from the ACS are extrapolated from surveys taken throughout the 5 years mentioned and then averaged. For smaller communities, such as Timnath, the margin of error suggests there could be between 0 and 92 grandparents financially responsible for grandchildren living with them.

The data for Fort Collins and Loveland are slightly more reliable due to the larger sampling size. Both communities have seen a rise in the percentage of grandparents who are financially responsible for their grandchildren. More than half of grandparents with grandchildren living with them in Loveland (51.4%) provided for their grandchildren's basic needs between 2007 and 2011. See the data table for the number of grandparents financially responsible for their grandchildren in each community.

What this chart shows: Length of Time Grandparents Financially Responsible for Co-Resident Grandchildren in Larimer County, 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

 

Data Source: United States Census (Table B10050)

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What the above data tell us:

Between 2007 and 2011, nearly 41% of Larimer County grandparents were financially responsible for their grandchildren for five years or more. This represented an 18.7% increase from the 2000 Census, when 34.3% of grandparents reported being financially responsible for their co-resident grandchildren for five years or more.

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Data Table:

Grandparents as Caregivers, United States, Colorado & Larimer County

2000 Census

United States

Colorado

Larimer County

Number

Percent

Number

Percent

Number

Percent

Grandparents living with minor grandchildren

5,771,671 3.6% 66,903 2.8% 2,573 1.9%

Responsible for grandchild

2,426,730 42.0% 28,524 42.6% 978 38.0%

Less than 1 year

555,668

22.9% 7,393 25.9% 248 25.4%

1 to 2 years

563,403 23.2% 6,858 24.0% 208 21.3%

3 to 4 years

374,251 15.4% 4,274 15.0% 187 19.1%

5 years or more

933,408 38.5% 9,999 35.1% 335 34.3%

Not responsible for grandchild

3,344,941 58.0% 38,379 57.4% 1,595 62.0%

2007-2011
American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

United States

Colorado

Larimer County

Number

Percent

Number

Percent

Number

Percent

Grandparents living with minor grandchildren

6,663,614 3.7% 84,597 2.9% 3,463 2.1%

Responsible for grandchild

2,687,216 40.3% 35,694 42.2% 1,581 45.7%

Less than 1 year

601,460 22.4% 8,825 24.7% 427 27.0%

1 to 2 years

642,301 23.9% 8,335 23.4% 417 26.4%

3 to 4 years

444,155 16.5% 5,405 15.1% 93 5.9%

5 years or more

999,300 37.2% 13,129 36.8% 644 40.7%

Not responsible for grandchild

3,976,398 59.7% 48,903 57.8% 1,882 54.3%

See chart - 'Percentage of Grandparents Financially Responsible for Co-Resident Grandchildren'

See chart - 'Length of Time Grandparents Financially Responsible for Co-Resident Grandchildren'

Grandparents as Caregivers in Larimer County Cities and Towns

2000 Census

Berthoud

Estes Park

Fort Collins

Number

%

Number

%

Number

%

Grandparents living with minor grandchildren

92

3.3% 30 0.8% 846 1.6%

Responsible for grandchild

13

14.1% 21 70.0% 279 33.0%

Less than 1 year

0

0.0% 0 0.0% 51 18.3%

1 to 2 years

0

0.0% 5 23.8% 60 21.5%

3 to 4 years

13

100.0% 0 0.0% 77 27.6%

5 years or more

0

0.0% 16 76.2% 91 32.6%

Not responsible for grandchild

79

85.9% 9 30.0% 567 67.0%

2000 Census cont'd

Loveland

Timnath

Wellington

Number

%

Number

%

Number

%

Grandparents living with minor grandchildren

674

2.3%

3 2.2% 52 3.9%

Responsible for grandchild

286

42.4%

2 66.7% 22 42.3%

Less than 1 year

64

22.4%

0 0.0% 7 31.8%

1 to 2 years

18

6.3%

2 100.0% 6 27.3%

3 to 4 years

64

22.4%

0 0.0% 2 9.1%

5 years or more

140

49.0%

0 0.0% 7 31.8%

Not responsible for grandchild

388

57.6%

1 33.3% 30 57.7%

2007-2011
American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Berthoud

Estes Park

Fort Collins

Number

%

Number

%

Number

%

Grandparents living with minor grandchildren

213

6.8% 39 0.9% 1,140 1.6%

Responsible for grandchild

131

61.5% 39 100.0% 538 47.2%

Less than 1 year

35

26.7% 0 0.0% 138 25.7%

1 to 2 years

0

0.0% 0 0.0% 182 33.8%

3 to 4 years

12

5.6% 0 0.0% 70 13.0%

5 years or more

84

64.1% 39 100.0% 148 27.5%

Not responsible for grandchild

82

38.5% 0 0.0% 602 52.8%

2007-2011
American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates - cont'd

Loveland

Timnath

Wellington

Number

%

Number

%

Number

%

Grandparents living with minor grandchildren

908

2.3%

0 0.0% 143 4.7%

Responsible for grandchild

467

51.4%

0 0.0% 97 67.8%

Less than 1 year

154

33.0%

0 0.0% 17 17.5%

1 to 2 years

168

36.0%

0 0.0% 0 0.0%

3 to 4 years

11

2.4%

0 0.0% 0 0.0%

5 years or more

134

28.7%

0 0.0% 80 82.5%

Not responsible for grandchild

441

48.6%

0 0.0% 46 32.2%

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